Spain is renowned for its sun, sea and sangria, but the country can also boast the world’s best waterpark. Siam Park, a Thailand-themed waterpark in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, was crowned the world’s best waterpark at TripAdvisor’s latest Travelers’ Choice Awards.
It is the fourth year the park, the biggest in Europe, has topped the list, cementing its place as the world’s most popular waterpark.
Located on the Costa Adeje in the southwest of the island, Siam Park takes its Thai theme and credentials seriously – it was opened by Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2008 and has the largest collection of Thai-themed buildings outside Thailand.
The park’s rides include a mixture of the family-friendly and the adrenaline-pumping. Daredevils can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) an hour on the Tower of Power – standing tall at 28 metres (92 feet) – or feel zero gravity in a four-person float on The Dragon.
Siam Park also has a huge wave pool with some of the highest artificial waves in the world – reaching heights of over three metres (10 feet) – where visitors can also book surfing experiences.
The park welcomed 1.6 million visitors in 2016, making it the 16th most visited park in the world after big-hitters in the United States and Asia.